Ringbrothers has earned a reputation for building some of the very finest restomods on the planet, incredibly detailed rides that quite literally take things to the next level in terms of build quality. In the past, the builder has worked its magic on vehicles including the Ford F-100, Ford Mustang, and Ford Falcon, but now, it’s branching further out into the Blue Oval family with this amazing 1968 Mercury Cougar.
Ringbrothers started out by giving the 1968 Mercury Cougar a complete redo from the ground up, which included installing new floor pans and a new transmission tunnel. A complete DSE suspension and brakes were installed to give the classic ride modern handling characteristics, and a set of HRE Series C1 C103 forged three-piece wheels wrapped in Michelin tires help in that department as well.
Like all of Ringbrothers’ creations, the body of this Cougar is nothing less than perfection, massaged until it was arrow-straight and coated in an attractive green hue. All-new hardware complements the metalwork, including fresh bumpers, a new grille, and new badges. The same goes for the immaculate interior, which features a nice contrasting shade of tan covering most surfaces.
Of course, Ringbrothers couldn’t just stuff any old drivetrain in its masterpiece, so it went with a new third-generation Ford 5.0L Coyote V8 from the Ford Mustang that produces 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant breathes through a Flowmaster exhaust and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which in this case was lifted from a Ford F-150 Raptor.
“We put our heart into each car we build, and this Cougar is no exception,” said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. “The finished product is mild and classy, yet any enthusiast instantly knows it’s not stock. I imagine this is what Mercury designers would have come up with if they were building the Cougar today.”
“While we couldn’t bring the car to the SEMA Show, we hope it can be shown to the public soon,” added Mike Ring, co-owner of Ringbrothers. “We had never done a Cougar before, so this was a fun build. I love working with new shapes and coming up with new ideas.”